2018 Home Rule Hero
Port St. Lucie City Councilwoman Jolien Caraballo was named a 2018 Home Rule Hero by the Florida League of Cities for her work to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during this year’s legislative session.
Councilwoman Caraballo, who will accept this honor at a Treasure Coast League of Cities meeting on May 23, was among 89 city officials from across the state of Florida selected to receive this prestigious award.
“Home Rule is the protection of your rights, as local citizens, to continue to make the decisions that are best for you, your neighbors and your community,” said Councilwoman Caraballo. “With Home Rule in the hands of your locally elected officials, residents decide what type of city they want to reside in. That is why it is so important to continue the fight to protect home rule power, so the choices and controls for your local community remain in your hands.”
Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems through and by local decision makers with minimal state interference. The Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials –both elected and nonelected – who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.
“These dedicated municipal officials are some of the Florida League of Cities’ biggest advocates for municipal issues,” said Florida League of Cities President Gil Ziffer. “Their efforts during the 2018 legislative session were extraordinary. The League and its legislative team are proud to recognize and thank them for their service.”
To read the full list of 2018 Home Rule Hero recipients, please visit: http://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/docs/default-source/newsroom/2018-home-rule-hero-release---all.pdf